In this 3rd installment of From the Vault of Antiquity, Joe McDonald sifts through the garbage filled detritus heaps of the ancients. Truly, this show features writing that had been thrown away by someone at that time. He culls together various papyri from the first 4 centuries of the current era and by so doing provides us with a glimpse of the ordinary human mind. Passions, hopes and fears are delivered to the listener in the original Greek and his new English translations.
October 19, 2009 Subject:
Nice try but ...
It is a nice try to popularise the Oxyrhynchus fragments. Alas he makes a serious (in the eyes of a Greek at least) error: he uses the Erasmus accent to read the ancient Greek although by the 1st to 3rd century AD Greek had evolved beyond it. Ο and Υ together were being as [u] already from the 6th century BC! By the tme Christ was born the accent Greek was being read in the Byzantine (a.k.a. modern Greek) accent with the exception that υ and οι had the common reading pronunciation similar to the French u. Not to mention of course that Heroditus was in reality Herodotus ...